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Veteran to speak on PTSD June 22 at county veterans center; Speaker set for 4 p.m.; dinner to be served at 5 p.m.

Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson

— Trinity Lutheran Church will be hosting its final TLC4Vets complementary supper on Friday, June 22, 5 p.m. The meal will feature bratwurst on pretzel buns with assorted salads and homemade cake for dessert. Supper will be preceded by a guest speaker, Paul Henderson, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel, author, lawyer, and pilot. He will start his presentation at 4 p.m.

Henderson was born in Tacoma, Wash., in 1948. After two years of college, he volunteered to go into the Army in 1968. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam where he was assigned to a combat unit with the 101st Airborne Division. He was wounded after 10 months in Vietnam and sent home to recuperate.

After leaving the Army he finished college at the University of Washington and then re-entered the Army through the Reserve program. He completed the Special Forces Qualification Course and was commissioned as an officer. He served until 1996 and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Most of his military assignments were with Special Forces. He is also a graduate of the Jumpmaster course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Civil Affairs Officer Advance Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. For several years he commanded a unit that was responsible for testing base security at various US military installations and also served as a tactical advisor to the U.S. Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) School.

Henderson finished a law degree and has managed a law practice in Vancouver, Wash., in partnership with his wife, Connie, and his stepson, Jordan Taylor. Connie (formerly Connie Wright) is a 1972 graduate of Grangeville High School. He also has two other children: Sam Henderson, 40, a television producer, and Christine Henderson, 36, a teacher in New York City.

Henderson struggled with combat related PTSD issues into the 1990s. After working through the problems, he committed to helping other combat veterans and has facilitated workshops and retreats for both veterans and active duty military working through the Soldier’s Heart Organization. He served on the board of directors and has facilitated numerous programs throughout the United States. He has also conducted workshops at the request of the US Air Force and the US Army at Hurlburt Field, Fla., and Ft. Campbell, Ken.

He has taken a lifetime love of flying and used his commercial license to volunteer to transport patients for treatment through the Angel Flight West organization, the Veterans Airlift Command, and to transport rescue animals to new homes through the Pilots ‘n’ Paws organization.

He currently lives with his wife, Connie, on a mountain in Southwest Washington state.

Henderson will be speaking about PTSD issues and what can be done to better assist veterans.


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